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Exhibition On View: Research Through Making

Research through Making

Historically, research and creative practice have been constructed as "opposites." This is not an unusual struggle in architecture schools, particularly in the context of a research university. This perceived tension between design and research is indicative of age-old anxieties within the architecture field to understand its nature as an "applied art." Design can be a purely creative activity not unlike creative practices in music and art. In other cases, design can be a purely problem solving activity, not unlike research in engineering and industrial production.

In its sixth year, University of Michigan Taubman College's Research Through Making (RTM) Program provides seed funding for faculty research, worked on by faculty, students and interdisciplinary experts. The exhibition presents tangible results of their collaborative work.

Research Through Making Installations:

  • Drop Kick Push Pull
    Sean Vance - Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    Siyang Ziui Chen - Artist/Designer
    Rebecca Hasson - Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology

  • Electrofrost
    Meredith Miller - Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    Anya Sirota - Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    Patrick Beaucé - Associate Professor, École nationale supérieure d'art de Nancy
    Jean Louis Farges - Principal, Akoaki

  • RoboPinch
    Karl Daubmann - Associate Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

  • Social Sensory Surfaces
    Sean Ahlquist - Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    Dr. David Chesney - Lecturer IV, College of Engineering
    Sile O'Modhrain - Associate Professor, School of Music, Theatre & Dance , School of Information

  • Texture Tectonics
    Ellie Abrons - Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    Adam Fure - Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Presentation of projects will start at 6:00pm with welcome remarks made by Dean Monica Ponce de Leon, with a reception to follow. RSVP online.

​This exhibition runs from March 12 - April 12. 
The Liberty Gallery is located at 305 W. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor. Exhibition hours are Thursday to Sunday from 3:00-7:00pm unless otherwise noted.